Grand opening of the George Lloyd Restaurant
New look for dining room at Halton Hospital.
The catering facilities at Halton Hospital have had a £80,000 makeover, which was made possible by a generous legacy left by a former patient George Lloyd, who wanted the Halton site to benefit from his estate. George passed away in hospital in May 2013.
The George Lloyd Restaurant opened at the beginning of May to patients, visitors and staff to enjoy a range of hot food and refreshments throughout the day.
The makeover included new lighting, flooring, and decoration, the creation of feature walls and new furniture; which included sofas, stools, round tables and a mixture of chairs suitable for all. The colour scheme, which has given the whole area a fresh new look is an eye catching raspberry and orange. A coffee lounge has been created in one corner of the restaurant to provide a vending area for refreshments and light snacks outside of opening hours. The refurbishment project took two months to complete and was carried out largely by our own Estates Team with design input from our Halton Catering Team.
Lee Bushell, Acting Head of Capital Projects – Estates talks us through the design changes and the benefits of the new dining room,
“The existing environment was dark, dull and un-inviting despite the great quality and value of the food. The lighting was poor and the finishes had not seen any investment since the building was designed, built and opened in 1985. We wanted to create a modern environment which was light, colourful and inviting to all. We also wanted to create different seating types and spaces to suit the modern society and the various needs of the customers.
“The problem with the space previously is that due to restricted opening times, after 1:30pm, patients, staff and visitors had nowhere to go to be able to sit down in comfort and have a drink or something to eat. We therefore created a segregated ‘coffee lounge’ area which is still very much a part of the restaurant space. This allows patients, staff and visitors to visit the area for some quiet time away from the wards. A relaxing space to enjoy a hot or cold drink and a snack even when the restaurant is closed.
“We are so pleased to be able to provide such a rejuvenated facility and are extremely grateful to George Lloyd for his amazing legacy donation.”
This very kind gift has also provided so many other benefits to the patient experience, Helen Higginson, Charity Fundraising Manager said ‘Not only has George’s wonderful gift to Halton Hospitals been able to refurb our dining area but it has also provided so many other benefits to the patient experience whilst within our care, it really has made a huge difference.
By leaving a gift in your Will you will be helping WHH Charity continue to provide additional comforts, care or experiences for the direct benefit of patients and their families for many years to come – every penny will be gratefully accepted and wisely spent.
You can make a Will, or add a gift to your existing Will, by talking to a solicitor. (please ask your solicitor to let WHH Charity team know in advance about any gift that you add to your Will – we would love to thank you for your generosity). Alternatively if you wish to talk to us about leaving a gift please ring Fundraising on 01925 662666 – weekdays 9-5 or email WHHCharity@WHH.NHS.UK – we would be delighted to hear from you.
The George Lloyd Restaurant was officially opened on Thursday 2nd June by the Mayor of Halton, Ged Philbin accompanied by his consort Rosalin Wong.
- Total donation £125K disbursed as follows:
- £80K Refurbishment of the Halton dining room
- £8K Cardio Rehabilitation – Heartbeat Halton
- £20K Electronic and bedside patient chairs at the CMTC
- £6K Patient Gym equipment at Halton Physiotherapy
- £1K Pictures throughout waiting areas within Endoscopy
- £5K Over bed tables in B4
- £5K Patient bed tables and chairs in Day Care